Brian Naughton joins Accanto Systems as CTO
Brian Naughton, the former Head of IBM’s Telco Software Business, has been appointed chief technology officer at Accanto Systems. Naughton brings more than 20 years’ experience combining software and product strategy with a track record of innovation and transformation in the telecoms industry.
Most recently he shaped IBM’s software portfolio for network functions virtualisation (NFV) and founded industry initiatives such as ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing. As CTO, Naughton will lead the strategy and evolution of Accanto’s Network Middleware and Analytics capabilities into the emerging NFV space, using Accanto’s customer analytics to automate the orchestration of network tasks that deliver immediate customer benefit.
“The flexibility of software defined networking and virtual networks brings significant automation and agility opportunities to service providers,” said Naughton. “Accanto’s iCEM platform is in a great position to provide the trusted control that service providers need in order to implement their automation strategies at their pace.”
With Accanto’s analytics offering for NFV fully launched earlier this month at TM Forum Live! in Nice, France, Naughton will further develop the offering and demonstrate the true business value it brings. “The business case for NFV is to drive cost and agility benefits through automation, and our goal is to provide the tools service providers need to manage this automation,” he added. “Starting with assurance, customer expectations are being met to the automation of actions that heal network issues before they are customer impacting.”
Jarkko Multanen, the CEO of Accanto Systems, added: “We are thrilled to have Brian on board. His career achievements and experience matches that of Accanto’s perfectly; complementing our excellence in applying IT innovation to drive business value in the service provider community. We are excited to embark on this new chapter for Accanto together helping our customers as they transform their businesses with NFV.”